History AdultFear / LiveActionTV

15th Oct '16 3:01:29 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': A moment that could fill any parent with terror was in the first season, when a toddler is tempted into climbing inside a fridge which then closes. Cue mother looking for child, and taking a looong time to find that child. ([[InfantImmortality The child survives]], but still...)rum

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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': A moment that could fill any parent with terror was in the first season, when a toddler is tempted into climbing inside a fridge which then closes. Cue mother looking for child, and taking a looong time to find that child. ([[InfantImmortality The child survives]], but still...)rum)
15th Oct '16 6:02:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{V}}'': The dream sequence that opens ''The Final Battle'' is a rather literal visualization of a parental nightmare. Mike Donovan's son has previously been abducted by the aliens to be [[ToServeMan preserved as food]]. In the dream Mike and his son try to flee the ship as they're pursued by enemy soldiers. Sean is blasted to death in front of Mike and he screams in horror before he wakes up.

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* ''Series/{{V}}'': ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': The dream sequence that opens ''The Final Battle'' is a rather literal visualization of a parental nightmare. Mike Donovan's son has previously been abducted by the aliens to be [[ToServeMan preserved as food]]. In the dream Mike and his son try to flee the ship as they're pursued by enemy soldiers. Sean is blasted to death in front of Mike and he screams in horror before he wakes up.
19th Sep '16 4:42:01 PM Anddrix
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* ''Series/{{Shadowhunters}}'':
** After seeing an eight year old Clary almost get eaten by a monster while playing in the park, it's not hard to see why Jocelyn would want to keep her away from magic.
** Clary overhearing Luke saying that he doesn't actually care about her or her mother. Then coming home to find the house an utter wreck and her mother gone.
** Both Lightwood siblings have pretty heavy conflicts. For Alec, it's having to choose between being out and proud and living for himself and staying closeted and retaining his parents' hard-earned approval. For Isabelle, it's forcing herself into a repressive persona to take the brunt of her parents' attention off Alec so he has a chance at happiness.
31st Aug '16 10:01:31 AM PugBuddies
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** The two-parter "The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances" turns on the fear of having something terrible happen to your child, something that can't be stopped and leaves them with symptoms that can't be treated. To make matters worse, it's later revealed that Jamie became a zombie ''because'' of an attempted cure, not for lack of one.

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** The two-parter "The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances" turns on the fear of having something terrible happen to your child, something that can't be stopped and leaves them with symptoms that can't be treated. To make matters worse, it's later revealed that Jamie became a zombie CameBackWrong ''because'' of an attempted cure, not for lack of one.
29th Aug '16 12:58:14 PM PugBuddies
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** The two-parter "The Empty Child/ The Doctor Dances" turns on the fear of having something terrible happen to your child, something that can't be stopped and leaves them with symptoms that can't be treated. To make matters worse, it's later revealed that Jamie became a zombie ''because'' of an attempted cure, not for lack of one.
23rd Aug '16 1:32:39 PM mario0987
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** Regina, who happens to be Henry's adopted mother and whom she truthfully loves despite what Henry thinks, when she realizes that he [[spoiler: ate the turnover instead of Emma.]]

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** Regina, who happens to be Henry's adopted mother and whom she truthfully loves despite what Henry thinks, when she realizes that he [[spoiler: ate the turnover instead of Emma.]]Emma,]] and it is all her fault.
21st Aug '16 6:25:56 PM GoombasAreGods
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* ''Series/MrRobot'' has a few:
** Elliot has a severe mental disorder that causes him to hallucinate and forget large chunks of his life, [[spoiler: including the existence of his own sister, who is distraught to find out her brother has forgotten her.]] Anyone with a mental disorder knows how terrifying not having control over your own mind is, and anyone close to a mentally ill person knows what it's like to see your loved one suffering and be completely unable to do anything about it.
** When Elliot was eight, his father accidentally pushed him out a window during an argument. During a flashback to the incident, you can hear the panic, fear and guilt in his voice as he desperately apologises to his bleeding, unconscious son.
** Elliot's father and Angela's mother died from leukaemia when a gas leak at the company they worked for released toxic chemicals in the air. The company was aware of the dangerous toxicity levels of the facility, but hid it from the employees as it "would not be cost effective to retool the current systems in place." Elliot's father lost his job because of his medical leave, while Angela's father was left drowning in the debt left over from his wife's medical bills. Worst of all, a lack of direct evidence meant that no one was ever brought to justice over it. Cases like this have happened ''numerous'' times in real life, and the the fear of being killed or having your life ruined by corporate greed and corruption is very real for many people.
** Elliot's mother was a cruel, bitter woman who took her anger out on Elliot [[spoiler: and Darlene]] both physically and emotionally. After Elliot's father died, there was no one left to protect him from her. She was probably a big contributing factor to Elliot's many mental problems later in life.
11th Aug '16 1:36:35 PM DrOO7
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* With many of its episodes being VerySpecialEpisode, ''Series/{{Sisters}}'' churned out plenty of these. Teddy's daughter Cat is brutally raped and beaten by a boy she's rejected. While at the episode, Teddy and Alex (another sister) wonder why they've never discussed this, as aside from being the parents of daughters, they themselves are women. Alex's own daughter Reed gets drawn into a cult, while she herself battles breast cancer, and Teddy herself lives out the worst nightmare of anyone married or related to a cop--her detective husband is murdered. Georgie's son also has cancer, while her other son falls into a downward spiral of alcohol and drug abuse, culminating in him slapping her and then running away from home, resulting in months of her not knowing if he's even alive. From this, she develops such crippling depression that she nearly kills herself. Meanwhile, matriach Bea, having already lost her first husband, now has to watch the second one succumb to Alzheimer's.
* ''Series/{{ER}}'': Many scenarios feature patients facing job loss due to illness, injury, or simply having to take time off work to come to the ER in the first place. Elderly husbands or wives watch their spouses of many years succumb to stroke, heart attack, or any of the many other ravages of old age. Parents agonize as their sick or injured children are treated; some parents have kids with chronic or terminal illnesses that can never be cured. The main cast themselves experience all of these and more; specific examples include (but are certainly not limited to):
** Mark receiving word that his wife and daughter have been involved in a car accident;
*** Leading to yet another AdultFear--this is how he discovers that she's been having an affair and intends to leave him for the other man.
** Mark later suffering from [[spoiler:a brain tumour (this happens twice), the consequences of which lead to Corday losing her husband]].
** Susan losing her niece, whom she'd been raising as her own, in a custody battle—the episode in which this is finalized features several flashbacks which are (perhaps deliberately) framed in such a way that it looks as though the baby is lost and crying for Susan while Susan, also in tears, demolishes her apartment trying to locate her;
** Jeannie contracting HIV from her husband;
** the premature birth of [[spoiler:Benton's]] son, who remains in fragile condition for several weeks;
** the stabbings of John Carter and Lucy Knight, and Lucy's death;
** Mark being violently assaulted and nearly killed in a random attack in the hospital men's room, with no motive ever given and his assailant never identified or brought to justice;
** Weaver watching her mentor Dr. Lawrence start to decay in the first stages of Alzheimer's, and both of them coming to realize that Lawrence will eventually succumb to full dementia;
** Mark getting word that his daughter overdosed on amphetamines... then walking into the trauma room to find that [[spoiler:it was Ella, not Rachel]];
** Weaver facing the possibility of ostracization and loss of her position at County when she is outed as a lesbian, and later [[spoiler: fighting with her deceased partner's homophobic parents to retain custody of their son]].
4th Aug '16 1:31:49 AM nm3youtube
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* ''Series/StrangerThings'' runs on this trope, what with the main focus being a missing kid. And that's before we get to [[spoiler:an older kid going missing in similar circumstances, teenagers risking their lives to find the two, a newborn baby being kidnapped and passed off as a miscarriage, and the younger missing kid's friends being caught up in a conspiracy and having to run away from home for their own safety]].
28th Jul '16 5:09:21 PM HeroGal2347
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* ''Series/TheATeam'': Mentioned early on in the episode "[[Recap/TheATeamS3E4Fire Fire]]"; when Kelsey's men stop them on their way to a fire, Sanders snaps that it may be an abandoned warehouse today, but what it later a house full of children is burning down? Later, the team keeps Kelsey's men from stopping them again; this time, it's a house with a boy in it, and B.A. tells Hannibal that the boy would have died if the antagonistic fire department had succeeded in stopping them.
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